Holy dynamite, October brings cool mornings and shorter days. While absolutely beautiful, Autumn also brings on the ol’ afternoon slump. During the summer, you know that when works ends, you still have HOURS of sunlight to spend time with your tribe, get outside, make delicious meals. But now … that’s a different story.
Here at The REBEL Workout, we worry about your afternoon slump. We fear that you’ll turn to energy drinks, sugary snacks, or more caffeine to get you through the day. By the time 5pm hits, the last thing you’ll want to do is hit up a REBEL class or make yourself somethin’ nutritious and delicious for dinner. So, instead of reaching for a quick fix, you need one that will provide lasting energy and one that's rich in protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates. Grab and go snacks shouldn’t just be a handful of nuts, they should resemble a well rounded mini-meal, in that they are balanced and nutritious.
Here are our Top 3 Energy Boosting Snacks to get you through the day:
An Apple / Half of a Sweet Potato + Almond / Coconut ButterAn apple a day will keep your hunger at bay! These delicious little gems are high in fiber, meaning they take longer to digest, so you have a prolonged energy boost! Sweet potatoes are packed with energy-stabilizing high-fiber carbs and potassium. Potassium helps balance your electrolytes, meaning you’ll stay hydrated longer. You know what else potassium does? Helps lower your blood pressure, therefore relaxing the body, and minimizing stress - a fatigue inducing culprit! Almond and coconut butters are calorie-dense, filled with healthy fats, protein, and fiber - all of which will make you feel fuller longer, while your body digests all of that healthy goodness.
Organic Turkey Slices + Half of an AvocadoYes, ORGANIC turkey slices. Organic means that the meat you’re consuming won’t be filled with hormone-inhibiting chemicals. Turkey is another option that’s high in protein, and low in fat and calories. Turkey also contains the amino acid tyrosine which boosts levels of brain chemicals like dopamine that help you to be alert and focus. One of our favorite healthy fats - avocado - is literally referred to as brain food. Avocado contains high levels of fiber, Vitamins C and B6, and folate, making it healthy and energy inducing!
Low Sugar Smoothie + Protein PowderWe’re not talking about just any protein powder here, you want one that is a grass-fed whey option OR a plant based protein powder. Why one of those options? Well, because those two options are the most natural - meaning they closely resemble natural protein nutrients, and they will be easier on your body to digest. When it comes to smoothies, don’t pack them full of fruit - that too will lead to a sugar crash. Instead, make you smoothies with high-fiber, hydrating ingredients. Try things like: spinach, watermelon, cucumber, coconut water, chia seeds, blueberries, nut milks and nut butters.
With snacks like these, you’ll beat your afternoon slump in no time!